The corporate-run Herald did reveal the above fact, as 18 out of 20, but chose two headlines which serve to divert attention from the corporations onto the state regulator and to conceal their presence in the data:
Why did the care inspectors investigate far fewer cases of complaints, in a pandemic year, in places where the most vulnerable were homed? Duh, let me think.
On complaints, I’ve been here before. In November 2020, I wrote:
There are 291 voluntary [not for profit] sector, 232 local authority and 727 private care homes in Scotland.
In the last year, to March 31 2020, there were 158 complaints about voluntary sector homes, 2040 about private homes and 146 about local authority homes.
There are thus 2.5 times as many private as voluntary homes but the level of complaints is 13 times higher.
So, the level of complaints to private homes, taking account of the number there are, is around 4 times higher than in voluntary sector or local authority care homes for the elderly.